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Study Schedule/ADVICE [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 07:05
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I have five weeks remaining until I take the GMAT. It will be my first time, but I'm hoping to make it my last. A little background as to what I've been doing, progress I've made, and ambitions moving forward. Studying commensed mid-January with reviewing the MGMAT quant guides, highlighting important topics, shortcuts, and equations. Subsequently, I utilized the OG and went through practice problems. Upon taking my first practice test my Quant score was 29, verbal was 31. Since then I've been able to raise my quant score to 38 but am confident I can reach mid-40's. Per my last practice test, I answered only 1/3 of DS problems correctly. Obviously, DS is my shortfall. Verbal has remained stagnant, primarily due to my lack of attention/detail. I want to reach the mid 40's in quant before allocating the majority of my attention to verbal. I'm confident that I will be able to pick up SC/CR within 2.5-3 weeks. My RC performance fluctuates but usually I get about 80% of RC questions correct.

I need help/advice on how to make an efficient/effective 5 week study plan and how to increase/improve my DS skills. My target score is 680+.

Please post any suggestions/advice that may help!!
Thank you!
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Re: Study Schedule/ADVICE [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 08:04
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You have plenty of room for improvement but you need to solidify a plan and attack strategy for your weak sections. I would recommend spending 5-7 consecutive days focusing on 1 weakness (DS, SC, CR?)
Spend the first day just going over some practice questions. At GMATPill, we use frameworks so you might want to learn the frameworks and concepts...then in the following days, you should apply these frameworks to practice questions. Application is important. THen in the last few days, focus on reviewing and REDOING the questions with a timer. Sprint through them, answer as quickly as you can. Many people underestimate the value of this -- timing is extremely important on the exam and the difference between 2 min vs 3 min over a collection of 30+ questions will be the difference between panicking and finishing the exam with confidence.

At GMATPill, we recommend a 1-month study plan. Any thing more than 2 months will simply lead to fatigue. If possible, keep the entire week before your exam free so you can gear your mind each day ready for the test.


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Re: Study Schedule/ADVICE   [#permalink] 16 Apr 2013, 08:04
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